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Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2009 Nov;22(6):610-8. doi: 10.1097/YCO.0b013e3283318eb8.

Mental health quality and outcome measurement and improvement in Australia.

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  • 1ACT Health, Department of Psychological Medicine, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. peggy.brown@act.gov.au

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

This study outlines the broad approach taken in Australia to improve the quality of mental health services, including the use of performance and outcome measures along with a range of other linked quality initiatives.

RECENT FINDINGS:

The investment of Australia in a strategic national approach to mental health reform with a range of nationally coordinated quality initiatives has provided a firm foundation for continuing to engage governments, healthcare organizations and clinicians in the ongoing quest for quality and outcome measurement and improvement.

SUMMARY:

Australia has adopted a strategic national approach to quality and outcome measurement and improvement of mental health services despite having a federated health system involving nine governments and tiered care across public and private sectors. A range of interconnected initiatives including national plans, standards and guidelines, performance indicators and outcomes measures and benchmarking and reporting processes are the key components of this nationally coordinated system.

PMID:
19730372
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